Recommendations for the Film Festival (MIIF)

betc.jpgOkay, so technically I only have one that I’ve actually seen, but my sweeping generalizations should be enough for all of you.

The one I’ve seen is The Bet Collector. It’s a film from the Philippines that follows a grandmother who works in the illegal (but everybody does it) numbers game. It’s engaging and an interesting look at Manila, if nothing else. Some might find it a bit slowly paced, but I really liked it.

Something I haven’t seen, but comes recommended is Zoo. I’m actually going to let you find out about this movie for yourself – possibly kids come to this site. It’s the baby of a guy who writes for The Stranger (a Seattle alt newspaper), and did quite well at Sundance and at the Seattle Film Festival. Its subject matter is… controversial.

I’ve also read good things about Lady Chatterley and the tickets for the Hamlet are selling quick. Kid’s movie Azur and Asmar is also selling fast (and has been compared to Spirited Away).

Have patience with the MIFF site – it’s running pretty slow and with a few bugs (waiting for these links to load so I can paste them in is quietly killing me).

Mini-passes (which get you into 10 night movies with a bonus 3 daytime screenings) are selling fast – the concession ones are already sold out. It’s a pretty good deal actually. I also recommend booking sessions you really want in advance.

I’ll update here once I’ve seen some other films. Anyone else have any recommendations?

5 Comments so far

  1. IanN (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 9:45 pm

    Being a comedy fan, I recommend Fido, Teeth, and Black Sheep. I saw Teeth on Friday; it’s very good considering it’s an American film about vaginal teeth, and quite good nonetheless. The other two were recommended by a couple of Sci Fi podcasts I listen to.


  2. Alan (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 2:39 am

    Does anyone know is there anyway that I can watch/rent/download some of the MIIF films after the festival.

    Some of the films that I want to see are only showing once or twice. And the session times are either passed or I can’t make it. Such a shame.


  3. rc (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 12:28 pm
  4. Brie (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

    I don’t know about the other films, but I’ve read a pretty mediocre review of Black Sheep. The AV Club is usually pretty spot-on with reviews.


  5. Brie (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

    Something’s up with the tags – I’ve tried this link three times. The AV Club review is here:

    http://www.avclub.com/content/cinema/black_sheep



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